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Nelson and Marlborough’s magazine /

ISSUE 122 / SEPTEMBER 2016 / $8.95

The Spring issue The mayoral race Tertiary education

Interview John Palmer Painting nudes

Coffee culture

Suzuki Vitara

Garden Marlborough

Fraser Island

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Features Issue 122 / September 2016

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36 22 The Interview: John Palmer

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ildTomato editor Lynda Papesch catches up with the chairman of Nelson’s new regional development agency and talks rebranding

24 Mayoral candidates

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ould-be mayors in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough elucidate on what they see as the main issues this election

32 Coffee culture

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hat’s it all about? Kerry Jimson explores our coffee culture

36 Garden Marlborough

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ophie Preece takes a look at what’s on offer at this iconic event

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Columns Issue 122 / September 2016

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INTERVIEWS

20 My Big Idea Former councillor Mike Ward has his own ideas about what the region needs

82 Up & Coming Di O’Donnell talks to non-fiction author Renee Hollis about her inspirations and her aspirations STYLE FILE Styled by Kelly Vercoe

44 Style News Fashion industry news

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46 Women’s fashion Spring colours and trends. Styling by Kelly Vercoe Photography by Ishna Jacobs

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51 Men's fashion Trends for manning up this spring

53 Interiors Fresh colours and homeware to make your house sparkle this spring LIFE

54 My Home

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74 Arts

A sleek, contemporary small home that punches well above its weight. By Sadie Beckman

63 My Garden

Time to “spring clean” the garden too. By Helen Rose

64 My Kitchen

Nicola Galloway’s yummy chocolate espresso fondant puddings will melt in your mouth

65 Dine Out

Maxwell Flint discovers a burger to rival all others

66 Wine

Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is home to Tohu Vineyards. By Phillip Reay

67 Beer

From small beginnings Tuatara beer sets a high standard, says Mark Preece

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68 Travel

Find paradise at Fraser Island, writes Sallie Gregory

69 Adventure

Sophie Preece takes the family to St Arnaud

70 Boating

Living on a boat has its advantages. By Steve Thomas

71 Motoring

The new Suzuki Vitara Turbo has loads of grunt, writes Geoff Moffett

John Cohen-Du Four talks to Leslie Primo about painting nudes

77 Books

Two Marlborough vets tell tall tales and true. By Maike Van Der Heide

78 Music

Behind every success is hard work and support, writes Pete Rainey

79 Film

Eddie Allnutt dips a toe in the water to review The Shallows

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8 Editorial 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Events 14 Snapped 75 Gallery Must-Haves 80 Quiz & Trivia


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If apathy is your lot and you don’t vote then don’t bother whinging about the performance of those elected.

pring has arrived and it’s a great time to think about cleaning house. By that I mean looking to the future, not just actual spring cleaning. Registrations have closed for local body elections and the mayoralties are being hotly contested in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. Nelson and Marlborough each have four combatants in the mayoral race while Tasman has three. Incumbent Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese is seeking a second term, while Tasman incumbent Richard Kempthorne also hopes to be re-elected. In Marlborough it’s a whole new ball game as long-standing mayor Alistair Sowman has bowed out after a lengthy term at the top. Turn the pages to find out what the candidates believe are the main issues facing their respective regions during the next term of office. Around the region and throughout Nelson registrations for councils and community boards are below par with some areas not even having elections. That’s the case in Tasman where there will be no election for the Lakes/Murchison Ward or either of the community boards – Motueka and Golden Bay – as the number of vacancies equals the number of candidates. This election the call went out for more women to put their names forward and some have, but sadly many – women and men – are reluctant to even dip their toe in the pool of local body governance. Often that means those elected won’t be the best councillors but they win by default. Voting trends of the past also show electors reluctant to have their say. How hard is it to fill in a form and put it in the return mailbox? If apathy is your lot and you don’t vote then don’t bother whinging about the performance of those elected. Our September issue also includes a preview of Garden Marlborough, and the usual food, wine, beer, travel and motoring columns plus many more. Relax and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee while reading about Nelson’s coffee culture and how it all began, then check out the options for tertiary education across the Top of the South. Travel to Fraser Island or check out the new Suzuki Vitara. Take time out to smell the coffee and the daffodils, and to enjoy a good read.

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Dear Editor, I picked up a copy of the new Nelson Arts Festival brochure, flicked through it and thought WOW! Okay maybe not the right word to use given its other connotation, but what an amazing line-up there is for the festival. It seems to get better each time and that

is a real credit to the organisers. Personally I can’t wait to head along to some of the rt events and I hope that Nelsonians continue to suppo of size it wholeheartedly. It’s not often a city the , Nelson is able to attract such a creative array of shows performers and professionals, so please pick up your programme and start booking. of The brochure is a work of art and I love the vibrancy ion reflect a is it, especially the cover; in many ways it of the vibrancy of our local arts scene. Long may it

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et aside Sunday 18 September and join Hopewalk at the Tahunanui Sportsgrounds. Hopewalk is a walk of unity to raise awareness around suicide and to bring people together who have been affected by suicide. As people walk together they realise the person beside, behind and in front of them is just like them, and that’s where the ‘wonder’ begins. People speak openly with others as they walk and realise that they are not alone, even those who have struggled realise that it is okay to talk about suicide and mental illness because there is no silence, no shame, no stigma. The hope of the organisers is that the walk helps remind those who feel like they are by themselves that they are never alone and that together people are stronger. Hopewalk leaves the Tahunanui Sportsgrounds at 10am and proceeds to Trafalgar Park.

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EVENTS

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER NELSON Sat 3 & Fri 16

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Makos Home Games

The Dun Run

SnapaFeast

Tasman Makos v Taranaki (3rd) at 2.35pm followed by Tasman Makos v Northland (Sept 16) at 5.45pm. Be there to support our team.

25km Trail run from the Maitai Dam, ascending towards the Dun Mountain Saddle, following the south branch of the Maitai River, over the Coppermine Saddle track and down-hill along New Zealand’s first railway line, finishing Brook St, Nelson.

Nelson’s seafood and music arts festival where for a single ticket price admission it’s an all you can eat seafood menu. With local bands and special guest Annie Crummer plus seafood competitions.

Hollie Smith Water Or Gold tour

TRAFALGAR PARK

Sat 3, 10, 17, 24 The Nelson Market Every Saturday the bustling Nelson Market transforms Montgomery Square into a vibrant showcase of regional arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery, fresh local and organic produce. Catch up with friends and family over coffee, brunch or lunch and savour the rich diversity of handcrafted Nelson goods available in one place. MONTGOMERY SQUARE

Wed 7, 14, 21, 28 Nelson Farmers' Market Every Wednesday Rain or Shine the Farmers' Market comes to Morrison Square bringing you local fresh produce and products from all over the top of the south region. MORRISON SQUARE

MAITAI DAM, DUN MOUNTAIN

Sun 11 Silver Ferns v Jamaica This international netball test match will see NZ’s Silver Ferns take on the Jamaican Sunshine Girls for the first time since the 2015 Netball World Cup where the Silver Ferns narrowly took out a hard fought victory. TRAFALGAR CENTRE

Fri 16 SnapaRock SnapaFest’s opening Australasian rock extravaganza, headlining Australian hall of fame legends Mental As Anything, plus Sydney super group The Dynosaurs, The Angels, Hush with Mark Gable and special guest Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo. TRAFALGAR CENTRE

FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK

Sun 18 Cherry Blossom Festival Enjoy music, food & enter­ tainment under the cherry blossom trees celebrating Japanese culture and the 40year anniversary of the sister city connection between Nelson & Miyazu. The programme includes taiko drumming, Japanese puppeteer Akiko Miyamoto, calligraphy & traditional martial arts. MIYAZU JAPANESE GARDENS

Tues 20 Wine Nelson New Release Tasting A fantastic two hours, tasting some of the finest wine produced in one of New Zealand’s most brilliant wine regions, our own. Meet awardwinning local winemakers and taste the region’s excellent wines. Starts 5pm. THE BOATHOUSE

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Hot on the heels of her newest album, Hollie Smith delivers an intimate acoustic performances showcasing her new songs plus many of her own classics. Featuring Marika Hodgson on guitars. THE BOATHOUSE

Sun 25 Mapua Makers Market The Mapua Makers Market is a contemporary craft fair featuring unique and affordable handcrafted items. MAPUA COMMUNITY HALL

Fri 30 – Sun 2 Oct Nelson Home & Garden Show The Home & Garden Show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to transform your surroundings into the space you’ve always dreamed of. Save with massive show-only specials, preview the hottest trends and enter the draw to win a fabulous show prize. SAXTON STADIUM


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Marlborough Farmers' Market

Kaikoura Whale Run

Oh What A Night!

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It's the 10th annual event so dig out the runners and get going. The Kaikoura Whale Run began life as the Kaikoura Suburban Half Marathon, and is still fun.

Direct from the showrooms of Las Vegas comes a revival show celebrating the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest, Franki Valli & The Four Seasons. Showcasing Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and more.

This dazzling young pianist and composer was born in China and moved to New Zealand with his parents when he was six. Tony made his concerto debut aged 14 after winning the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition in 2002.

Enjoy the taste of the freshest seasonal fruit, vegetables and produce that Marlborough has to offer. The Farmers’ Market is full of locally grown and sourced food, sold by the producer. A&P SHOWGROUNDS

Sun 4 – Sun 25 Full Bloom -Paintings by Natalie HarveyWells Natalie Harvey-Wells' exhibition opens September 4 and runs till the 25th. The gallery is open daily from 10.30am. YEALANDS ESTATE MARLBOROUGH GALLERY

Fri 9 Hospice Classic Golf Tournament National sponsors of Hospice in New Zealand, Craigs Investment Partners in conjunction with Hospice Marlborough host the 7th Seventh Marlborough Hospice Golf Classic. RARANGI GOLF CLUB

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Sun 11 Spring Clean Picton Part of Conservation Week. Meet at the playground at Picton Foreshore and join local community groups, have fun and make Picton shine. PICTON FORESHORE

Sun 11 Taylor River Planting Conservation Week tree planting at the Ralph Ballinger Arboretum on the banks of the Taylor River. The arboretum is a collection of trees from around the world, celebrating the people from around the world who live in Marlborough. Take a spade and sturdy boots. Postponed to Sunday 18 September if wet. TAYLOR RIVER RESERVE

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Beatlemania on Tour Relive the heyday of the world’s favourite pop act with the live tribute show that recreates a true Beatles experience. ASB THEATRE

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Sat 17

Tasman Makos vs Counties Manakau

Under the Same Moon Cultural misunderstandings and poignant comedy when a wayward Hong Kong matriarch arrives in NZ uninvited for her grand-daughter’s wedding. ASB THEATRE

Sun 18, 25 The Marlborough Jazz Quartet Famous in Marlborough for their music from all continents. Refreshing, downto-earth jazz and evergreens. DODSON STREET BEER GARDEN

Show your passion when the Mighty Makos take on the Counties Manakau Steelers at 7.35 pm LANSDOWNE PARK

Fri 30 – Sun 2 Oct National Gem, Crystal and Fossil Show Exhibitions, arts and crafts; great displays, competitions, raffles and a vast array of rocks, minerals, crystals, gems, jewellery and fossils for sale. MARLBOROUGH BOYS’ COLLEGE

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1. Laura Loghry, Daz and Cher Hunter, Michelle McCree & Lynda Papesch

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3. Amanada Raine, Axel de Maupeou & Charlie Unwin

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MY BIG IDEA

Mike Ward transports us to the future for an optimistic view of how Nelson became a lifestyle game-changer.

A CITY TRANSFORMED

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he evidence about the impact of climate change, and advice on what to do about it, were ample. Most answers focused on perpetuating the status quo, but sustainably. Nelson chose a different path. Tired of being stuff-rich and time-poor, residents opted for a future that was both inclusive and sustainable; one that substituted stuff for leisure and quantity with quality. Opinions differ about how New Zealand became the sustainability and lifestyle role-model, but the Nelson influence is undisputed. Historians credit Mayor Aldo Miccio’s Nelson 2060 initiative as the beginning of the “transformation”

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or “turnaround”. Others give a nod to the subsequent Council’s housing strategy and engagement with property developers. All agree that the local Institute of Technology, by including sustainability, lifestyle and creativity components in all courses, was instrumental in turning Nelson into a world-leading culture change laboratory and a mecca for those committed to living deliberately. As other provincial populations declined, Nelson thrived thanks to its diverse economy, brilliant climate and commitment to sustainability. Problems with accommodating a burgeoning

population within the existing footprint were mitigated by the number of childfree households and elderly eager to downsize. Hidden infill became the norm as dwellings were reconfigured with additional entrances, floors and discrete courtyards to accommodate new neighbours or extended families. As population densities increased, cafes, elder-care, childcare and other services and opportunities moved into suburbia. Traffic volumes declined and employment grew as high-speed wi-fi enabled working from home. Neighbourhood plantings turned streets into park and garden, slowing traffic as people took to promenading in their own villages. Crucial to this transformation was the community’s eagerness to embrace partnerships and to applaud innovation. The resolve to make every Nelson home warm and healthy also focused on making neighbourhoods safer and more beautiful. Initiatives like the basketball hoop in every cul de sac, school gardening and nutrition programmes, and the active transport opportunities had a profound effect on the population ‘health and deprivation’ index. Central-city developments converted under-performing buildings and spaces into boutique enterprises and dwellings, including studio apartments combining accommodation and work. While the impact on business and lifestyle had been predicted, the speed and extent to which the community embraced the new opportunities, and the dramatic decline in late-night and earlymorning antisocial behaviour, surprised even the most optimistic. Downsizing and choosing to live close to all the places they needed to be gave residents the time and money for neglected interests. Nelson became a city of theatre-goers and lifestylers freed from the demands of lawn and section. Residents even took to transforming courtyard and deck with an abundance of fruit and veg … And life was good.


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Interview Rebranding Nelson with a unique, long-term identity will be John Palmer’s business sign-off, he tells Lynda Papesch P HO T O G R A P H Y I S H NA JAC OB S

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ith a life-time of outstanding business accolades to his credit already, Nelsonian John Palmer still has one more to add to the list. Chairman of the newly transitioned Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA), John has given himself until the end of next year to help develop and promulgate the region’s rebranding. His aim is a brand that will last for decades. John is no stranger to boards, branding, governance and the demands of big business. He’s the former chairman of Air New Zealand Ltd and Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, a former chairman of Wrightson Ltd, and a former director of Trust Bank NZ Ltd. High profile directorships have included AMP Ltd, AMP Life Ltd, Rabobank Australia Ltd and Rabobank New Zealand Ltd. A professional director for several decades now, he is also passionate about Nelson, having lived in the region all his life, “except for four years at university”. And he proudly traces his ancestry back to the region’s earliest European settlers. “My forebears settled on the land here in the 1840s and we’ve been on the same land ever since. We think of it as our land. We are tangata whenua. We’ve lived and worked the same land for 170 years so our roots run deep,” he explains. His ancestors sailed as cabin passengers to New Zealand on the Phoebe, arriving in Nelson on 29th February 1843. They settled in the Waimea West area where John lives today with Sally, his wife of 47 years. He grew up on the family farm, with sheep and cropping both prevalent; a factor which contributed 22

largely to his early education choices. Initially educated at Nelson College, John enrolled at Lincoln College in 1965, completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1968, majoring in Farm Management and Economics. Being named joint Senior Scholar in his final year marked the start of his successes. K I W I F RU I T C R I S I S Returning to the family farm after graduation, John bought the property from his father. There, during the early 1980s, a switch to kiwifruit became a defining moment in his life. “Prices were low and growers were being forced off their properties by foreclosures. I was elected president of the Nelson Kiwifruit Growers Association from 1982 to 1985, and then in 1991 became a member of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board.” With the industry in crisis when prices collapsed in 1982, John took on the role of board chairman for five years and almost immediately gained national prominence. Tough decisions were part and parcel of the role, along with a major rethink, industry restructure and launch of the highly successful Zespri brand. That was his first major rebranding exercise and it has stood the test of time. Today, with sales revenues of $1.5 billion, Zespri is one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri Brand is recognised as


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: John with CEO Christopher Luxon on the ice before heading to Scott Base during the Air New Zealand Erebus families’ flight to Antarctica in 2014 With family in Samoa earlier this year Looking over the Singapore cricket club ground before the local Titoki cricket match on that ground – “which we won”

the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, it is 100 percent owned by current or past kiwifruit growers. John was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999, in recognition of his service to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. Two years later he took on his next major role - as chairman of troubled national airline Air New Zealand. That was in 2001 at a time when the airline’s Australian subsidiary Ansett had collapsed, requiring an $855 million government bailout. Again the man from Nelson led the recovery charge. After the airline posted one of the largest losses in New Zealand corporate history, John set about establishing a new board and senior management team before leading them through a successful rebuild. Numerous top level awards and accolades flowed his way as he moved from company to company successfully developing and leading change in tough economic times. He’s been described as “an outstanding chairman who has tackled some of New Zealand’s most difficult governance leadership roles, including the kiwifruit industry, Wrightson, Air New Zealand and Solid Energy” and more latterly as having the competency to “foot it with the best in the world”, “capable of taking organisations from difficult situations through to positions in which they can rally and regroup for the future”.

N EW RO LE Such accolades augur well for his time at the helm of the NRDA, the new organisation formed with the merger between Nelson’s Economic Development Agency and Nelson Tasman Tourism. Working to a fixed term ending October 2017 at his request, John’s newest role is to guide the NRDA to clearly focus on sustainable regional growth opportunities to enhance its economic vitality. The time limit is because of his own plans: “I don’t rule out continuing in the role, but I have deliberately set a hard line given I am supposed to be working towards some form of retirement. I’ll be 70 next year,” he laughs. Retirement, he says, will mean more leisure time, more leisurely travel and working at a slower pace. Married to Sally for 47 years, and with two adult sons, John also plans on spending more time watching his five grandchildren grow up. In the meantime, he is also committed to putting Nelson on the economic growth map. Two month after a seamless transitioning, he believes the challenge is progressing well, predicting a fit-for-purpose organisation by December this year. “By then people will see a new organisation with a tighter focus and clearer communication with its stakeholders.” Part of the new modus operandi will include reporting formally to stakeholders on a regular basis, meeting all around the region, not just in Nelson. “We’re looking to be visible, not just an office hidden away.” The biggest priority, however, is for the agency and major stakeholders to get through the branding process. “The working party identified that development of a regional identity is paramount to moving forwards. I’m a strong believer in getting that right. “The issue for Nelson is that the people who live here have an image of what it is like, but that is not the same as having a compelling regional ID; something unique that sets us apart from the others; something that encourages investors to come and develop their businesses here.” Getting it right is a big task and might take a while, says John, but the benefits of doing it once and doing it well will be farreaching and long-lasting. “It is still only in the research stage, but we must do it right. The new board is well equipped to do that. By getting it right the benefits will last 50 years not two years.” The task of rebranding is about capturing something magical about the region that is suited to all forms of media. “I am sure when we do get to the end of the journey there will be some controversy, but think back to Zespri. Now it is globally recognised as a benchmark. That’s what we want for Nelson too.” 23


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“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.” J O H A N N S E BA S T I A N BA C H

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is the jolt that starts the morning. It’s the lunchtime kick that brings zing to the afternoon. And it’s that 3pm belt that helps you hurdle the last hump of the day. Ah, coffee. In Nelson and Marlborough, like the rest of the country, we love it. You can barely take two steps in the townships of either place without tripping over a café. They’re at the art gallery, at garages, and even hardware stores. Then there are mobile carts that stalk you, turning up at fairs, festivals and busy intersections, seeming to know your every forward step. Even the bastions of booze have been stormed by the coffee cavalry, galloping in on their espresso machines and towing roasting units behind them like cannons. From a tea-sipping nation that looked to India for its fix, we have become wide-eyed coffee junkies looking toward equatorial and sub-tropical zones of the world: Jamaica, Kenya, Colombia and Ethiopia are all synonymous with the roasted, fragrant aroma of a hot cup of joe. We can thank the Dutch for this contemporary Kiwi obsession. The rise and rise of the coffee bean in New Zealand is directly attributable to the 1951 Assisted Immigration Scheme that saw Dutch immigrants ‘pepper-potted’ around the country.

The Land of the Long Flat White came about as the Dutch brought their culture and tastes with them. (The migrants from the Netherlands also battled licensing laws, eventually enabling Kiwis to have a glass of wine with their restaurant meal, but that’s another story.) That Dutch genesis of café culture has a direct connection to Nelson, with the suave and elegant Eelco Boswijk. He opened Chez Eelco at the top of Trafalgar St in 1961, and the café was an instant hit, with up to 500 patrons queueing at its doors on a Friday night. A great friend of the arts, Eelco contributed seed money to a young, visionary Suzie Moncrieff in 1987, enabling her to hold the first World of Wearable Arts show. Eelco made his café a social hub, with art shows and jazz and classical music performances. This idea of a sociable space with its own ambience continues today. The café is where friends meet, colleagues commiserate, and business is done. Everyone has their cool coffee zone. And with rocketing numbers of tourists, the café business appears to be booming. With all this choice, consumers are becoming more discerning in their bean choice, roasting style and barista expertise. Attention to ambience is important, but delivering 33


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a top-notch brew is essential. Inevitably, the first pitch in advertising for cafés is “excellent coffee”. Arguably good coffee is a combination of beans and barista. NMIT’s Hospitality Programme coordinator Phillip Reay describes a good barista as a cross between an artist and a technician. “The artist persona is not just the ability to create latte art, like the fern leaf on your flat white, but it is about the obsession that a barista needs to create a perfect coffee every time. “That perfect coffee obviously requires technical abilities but also an in-depth understanding of all the variables that are involved. Provided that you start with fresh, well-roasted beans and follow some basic rules, then most people could make a credible espresso coffee. But a credible coffee is not going to cut the mustard with New Zealand’s discerning coffee aficionados,” he says. “A successful café needs to make every coffee a good coffee and that requires a barista with skill and almost an innate sense of whether the coffee is ‘right’. “It’s a skill that can be learnt and with practice perfected. In my experience in teaching baristas nearly everyone can learn the required skills and produce good coffee, but there are a few with an X-factor who constantly produce great coffees. “Different coffee styles are emerging – vacuum coffee, chemex and single origin pours – but regardless of the method employed there is one constant; it has got to taste good.” WildTomato readers agree. Mark’s preference is no surprise – a flat white – and he drives out of his way each day to buy it from his preferred supplier. “Smooth, creamy and perfectly to my taste,” he says. Winemaker Joseph enjoys his coffee for many of the same reasons he loves tasting wines. For him it is all about the textural mouth-feel, the tannins, strength and the balance as well as what makes each roast different. From full-on chocolate to rich creaminess, savouring the richness and taste is what starts his day … every day. Suzie likes her java hot, strong and preferably in bed in the morning. “I’ve travelled all over the world and New Zealand coffee is the best.” Ellen uses coffee as her wake-up each morning. “Nelson coffee is guaranteed to be freshly roasted,” she enthuses. Alexandra has several regular coffee fixes. “Coffee is very much part of my day, I have one after a workout with my gym buddies at 8am in the mornings; it gets me ready for the day. I meet a friend for coffee at 10am every Tuesday and we try and go to a different café each week. There are so many excellent cafés in Nelson to choose from. I also have coffee after yoga on Mondays and Fridays; it’s an excellent social unwind after a couple of hours of bending and stretching. Then I have one after my bike ride on Thursdays. It’s what gets us through the last half hour of the ride knowing that we can have a flat white at the end.” She adds that the coffee in Nelson has gone from strength to strength and it’s rare to get a bad coffee now; “as good if not better than Wellington.” I asked numerous café staff: “What type of coffee do you sell the most?” The answer was uniform – flat whites. So, New Zealand really is the Land of the Long Flat White.

“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.” OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES SR. 1891

What’s in a name? Coffee lovers come in all types and so too do the beverages, the brands and the blends they drink. You won’t find Americanstyle “drip” coffee for instance, but you can buy an Americano. Here’s a break-down of the more popular types. Short black: A shot of espresso served in a demi-tasse cup. Ristretto: A high octane half shot of espresso made with the same amount of beans but half the amount of water. Long black: A shot of espresso served over hot water. Americano: A double shot of espresso in a big mug with hot water poured into it. Macchiato: A single shot of espresso with a dollop of frothed milk. If you want two shots, ask for a double macchiato. Cappuccino: A shot of espresso with equal parts steamed milk and a generous froth. Flat white: The same size as a cappuccino but more milky, comprising one-third espresso, two-thirds steamed milk and a touch of swirled froth on top. Latte: A shot of espresso in lots of hot milk with little or no froth. Mochaccino: A chocolaty version of a cappuccino made with espresso, steamed milk and cocoa with froth on top. Mocha: A hot chocolate with a shot of espresso and optional whipped cream.

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Elections The race is on to elect mayors and councils for the Top of the South. WildTomato asked the mayoral candidates for Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman what they consider to be the key issues facing their regions. Here’s what they had to say… P HO T O G R A P H Y BY I S H NA JAC OB S

RACHEL REESE “The last three years have seen a surge in growth with families attracted to our enviable lifestyle, city and environment. That’s good news. It means more customers for business and more people to pay for services. But we need to make that growth work – it will be a major issue if we don’t. What do we have? Great people – innovative, industrious, warm an enviable environment and climate. Strong community spirit and identity. Innovative businesses and institutions.Supportive regional neighbours. What do we need? To continue to urgently upgrade basic infrastructure - water, stormwater, wastewater and sewerage To create an arterial transport system to stop our city being chocked by growth we can already see. Ongoing support and investment for foundations like the Port, Airport, CBD, and our world class research and education sector. More inner city living, city to sea linkages and facilities for community recreation and congregation. Investment in Stoke and Tahunanui as integrated. Unique communities. To work closely with neighbouring councils toward a mutually prosperous future. Above all – to protect the environment our lifestyle and identity are built on. Managing growth, and balancing our ambitions with our budget will be a challenge - but if we focus on getting the basics right, the rest will follow.” 24

PETE RAINEY “Nelson’s a great place to live, but it could be better – for everyone. Phillipa and I have two young sons and I want to see more encouragement for innovative businesses so there are jobs here for our young people. I’m thrilled to be nominated by Pic (peanut butter) Picot and Chloe (Chia drink) Van Dyke; two people who demonstrate how a great idea can create jobs, wealth and build Nelson’s reputation. I’m campaigning on fiscal responsibility – as a businessman and homeowner I don’t want rates to rise. Nelson city is in a strong financial position, with its credit rating recently increased to AA. To make Nelson better for everyone we need initiatives such as warmer homes, building WOFs and increased council support for social housing. As well as supporting traditional sports we need to look at the numbers and support mountain biking with the promised infrastructure. I looked forward to working with this sector on major events to put Nelson on the MTB map. Nelson does have peak time traffic congestion – I await outcome of the NZTA Southern Link study. Meantime there are some quite simple fixes we should be looking into. I’m ready to be Mayor and to bring people together, on the Council and in the community, to make this the best place in New Zealand to live.”


NELSON CANDIDATES GRAEME O’BRIEN “The issues are too numerous to mention. However in all cases there is a distinct lack of democracy, accountability and transparency. If we have these three principles in good measure then our decisions will be good. Consultation seems to have become a box to tick not a process to follow, and sometimes not even that. Are the residents informed on what is happening in their communities? Do we have a real say? I know what the people living in the special housing areas and the hundreds that came to the wood burner public meetings would say. A recently introduced Code of Conduct which directly limits a councillor’s ability to speak out about decisions cannot be in the electorate’s best interests. As Mayor I offer an alternative - a council that truly believes in serving the people, that is not afraid of public debate, that is committed to open decision making processes in reality not just in theory, that is willing to get involved with communities and gauge the feelings of those communities before decisions are made, a council where people’s concerns are addressed and not dismissed. I propose a quarterly survey be sent to residents to gauge their responses to upcoming projects. “Putting Community First Together” let’s make it a reality.”

RICHARD OSMASTON “Environmental degradation, social/health dysfunction, inequality, poverty and economically driven materialism. Technological unemployment and climate change loom. One solution, the money- free, resource-based economy is at hand. Embracing new realities beyond capitalistic consumer suicide. An entirely voluntary society, with everything free, without trade or barter, is possible. In fact pivotal to our survival. Science, technology and global awareness place our entire emergent species at the threshold of a prosperous, abundant, sustainable healthy lifestyle. We have solutions to the historical problems of energy, shelter, food, manufacturing and ecological responsibility. We know what to do. We know what we want. And now we know how to get it. By abandoning the competitive, outdated monetary system, stifling progress and forcing exploitation. We’ll then be free to cooperate. Mechanisation and automation are replacing human drudgery, talk of ‘creating jobs’ or ‘economic growth’ is ridiculous. Irresponsible. Reckless even. After money, existing roles become entirely voluntary. That’s all it takes. You, the volunteer, decide what’s actually ‘worth’ doing and what’s not. Banking, marketing, fast food and spin-doctored politics? Probably not. But healthcare, education, science, ecology, healthy food, society, engineering, construction, sport, music, arts and crafts? That’s what humans are truly passionate about.”

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MARLBOROUGH CANDIDATES BRIAN DAWSON “I am 46-years-old and have been married to my wife Tricia for 21 years. Our 15-year-old son Alex attends Marlborough Boys’ College. Our family moved to Marlborough 12 years ago; a home-coming for Tricia who had loved growing up here. We have owned and operated businesses in Marlborough since moving here. Our company Gist Communications Services Ltd has offices in Blenheim and Nelson, servicing from Kaikoura to Greymouth. I served three years as General Manager of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce before being elected to the Marlborough District Council in 2013. My community involvement includes being a past president of the Blenheim Rotary Club and a current trustee of the Marlborough Life Education Trust. I am standing for Mayor and re-election to council because I believe we need to attract more people to work, live, study and do business in Marlborough. I also believe that we need a lean, fit and enabling council that is going to deliver the very best outcome for rate payers. Lastly I want our youth to be prepared for an exciting future and will support their aspirations. I’m also very mindful of the needs of our older citizens and that rates much be kept affordable.”

JOHN DAVIS “This mayoral campaign is about strong leadership and uniting councillors and staff first, before any team can create something special. This has been my life and passion for Marlborough. Clean water for everyone, storage and irrigation will control our future. The three main income streams - viticulture, aquaculture and tourism - require clear direction and management. The CBD debacle has come about because there is no cohesion between councillors and staff and in a real mess; we have seen 10 years of backtracking on expensive ever-changing SMUG’s reports, and this needs some urgent attention. The Marlborough Sounds is a jewel and we need balance with a solid base, so decision-making is straight forward. I would use Marlborough consultants as they have empathy with the province and are far more cost-effective. Sport and support is high on my agenda along with the people in real need. Being a real stalwart of Marlborough it makes me very sad to see every issue fought out in the media and no cohesion between industry leaders. The success of our last project (Omaka Landing) created this opportunity that I have become really excited about. I have been close to council issues all my life and feel a fresh approach is the healthiest option for Marlburians.”

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES OCTOBER 2016

COLIN KING “Marlborough has many natural advantages, however the region seriously requires more prosperous businesses employing staff with high skill sets. Council’s role is to ensure Marlborough is great place to operate and grow your business. It is important that Council actually listens to business and understands what it needs do better, then addresses those areas needing improvement. By studying successful regions and applying those success actions we can enable business growth and employment in the region. Marlborough Tourism needs to do better. The RTO has ignored the major growth opportunities that Christchurch Airport has to offer and is yet to develop those relationships necessary to share in the tourism growth currently being experienced elsewhere in the South Island. Council needs to greatly improve its relationship with local Iwi as treaty partners, especially post treaty settlement, as they will be major contributors to Marlborough’s future economic growth. Marlborough has the natural advantage of being the first human inhabitance in New Zealand; let’s market that! Over the next term council must focus on catching up with core infrastructure. Development can then be conducted by private enterprise and growth should not be limited because all horizontal infrastructures such as sewerage, drinking water and storm water will then be in place. And council must ensure quality drinking water is available to all Marlborough communities.”

JOHN LEGGETT “My campaign to become Marlborough’s Mayor isn’t about political ambition or casting a personal agenda on the region’s governance. It’s about leading Marlborough to become a strong, vibrant region where everyone thrives – in their business, their work, at home and around the region. Marlborough deserves a strong leader who can facilitate healthy, open and balanced debate, model exemplary governance, and foster outstanding council and councillor engagement with our community. As Mayor I will be working with councillors to ensure our growth as a region is balanced with our quality of life, our social infrastructure and guardianship of our environment now and for the future. With six years’ experience as a councillor, I have the strength, expertise and commitment to lead an engaged council that is united in leading the region forward and considers all decisions along the way with professional integrity and exemplary governance. I will ensure that open and balanced debate takes place within council for the ultimate benefit of our community, and I will encourage honest and frank debate before a decision is collectively reached and owned by councillors. I moved to Marlborough as a child, was educated at Bohally Intermediate and Marlborough Boys’ College before studying law. I returned to Marlborough 30 years ago, working successfully since as a lawyer and partner with Wisheart, Macnab and Partners.”

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TASMAN CANDIDATES KIT MALING “The main issues for the Tasman District during the next three years: Focus on delivering core services for ratepayers: recently, the Tasman District Council built a $1.8 million commercial building in Mapua, when ratepayers in Motueka and Murchison face flooding issues. This is scandalous. Core services such as roading, storm water, sewerage and water have a much higher priority for me as an elected representative over commercial buildings. Affordability of Rates: Tasman rates are high compared to other districts in New Zealand and in the past nine years, rates have consistently risen above the rate of inflation. A review of staffing numbers and their functions is a priority. Managing Sustainable Growth: Our district is seeing increased growth, but it needs to be managed sustainably so our environment, especially urban creeks and streams water quality, is protected for future generations. Water quality improvement in the Aorere River is a good example of environmentally friendly sustainable growth. The Waimea Community Dam: I support and have been involved in this project for numerous years. The consequences of not building this dam on employment in the Waimea Basin will be horrendous for Tasman District, for Richmond and the wider Nelson community. The days of running the Waimea River dry are long gone and it is important that we look after this river.”

MAXWELL CLARK “I have regularly attended Tasman District Council meetings for the last six years and am well aware of the problems we are all facing. I stood as a mayoral candidate in the last election. This year I am standing under the Refresh Tasman banner. After nine years, it is time for a new mayor. The current council has lost touch with the people of Tasman. My aim is to ensure that the voices of the community are heard. Absolute transparency must be brought to council processes and we must live within our means. The continued commercial and legal disputes between council and ratepayers cannot continue. Better preparation always leads to better outcomes. I do not support the Lee Valley Dam. The dam is too large, too expensive and there is little support for it to be built. Every $10million dollars we are in debt translates to a one percent increase in our rates - conservatively the dam will cost us $28 million. In reality it will likely be double that amount. Our national parks and places like Rabbit Island must remain for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Refresh Tasman and vote Maxwell Clark for Mayor. Let’s take Tasman forward whilst at the same time respecting and protecting our many natural treasures.”

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RICHARD KEMPTHORNE “Reducing debt and keeping rates increases low are fundamentally important. Under my leadership, we have reduced our reliance on debt over the last three years. Council’s finance team have indicated by the end of this financial year we expect to have $30 million less debt than predicted. With less reliance on debt and focussing on all areas of council spending we have been successful in keeping rates increases as low as possible. Our average rates increase over the last three years has been 2.5 percent per year. This year’s rates increase is just under one percent. As Mayor I will continue this prudent financial management. Ensuring safe and secure water supply for our current and future residents and businesses is important for the entire Tasman District. We need to establish a fair funding model for the Waimea dam to proceed to provide a solution for our critical summer water shortages. I will continue to listen and work with the whole community for an acceptable outcome. Tasman District is experiencing high population growth. This requires significant ongoing development to our stormwater system, sewerage reticulation, water supply and roading network. We need to leave our environment in an improved state for our children and grandchildren. I support protecting and enhancing our environment while supporting sustainable growth for our industries.”

Political promises are lapping the Top of the South like a king tide as local body mayoral and council candidates strive to convince voters of their individual worth. Issues differ from region to region, ward to ward as do the pre-election thoughts of the candidates. In Nelson four candidates are contesting the mayoralty, including incumbent Rachel Reese seeking her second term. Opposing her are long-term councillor and muso Pete Rainey, money free-advocate Richard Osmaston and community activist Graeme O’Brien. Rachel Reese cut her eye teeth serving eight plus years on council before ousting Aldo Miccio in 2013 to become the region’s first female mayor. A supporter of the Southern Link, she has already shown her capabilities during her first term in office. Pete Rainey proposes a referendum on the Southern Link. With nine years under his belt as a councillor he brings a wealth of experience to the battle and believes he can unite its members for the good of the city. A hot potato for some time now, the Southern Link proposal does not have support from third candidate Graeme O’Brien who feels there hasn’t been enough information or democratic processes followed. As mayor he’d address issues such as democracy, accountability and transparency. The last, but by no means least, candidate is Richard Osmaston who has also previously contested the Nelson mayoralty, and is anti the Southern Link. Founder and leader of the New Zealand Money Free Party, he plans to focus on developing a resource-based economy if elected. With the retirement of long-term Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman, it’s a whole new ball game as the province heads into a new local government era. Marlburians have a choice of four candidates, each as diverse as the region’s issues. From ‘Colonel’ John Davis who has for so long dealt to the province’s real estate needs, to successful businessman and former Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Brian Dawson, to former National MP Colin King and finally to local lawyer and sitting councillor John Leggett, Marlburians are facing a tough decision and some major issues during the next three years. Supply and quality of water, the future of the Marlborough Sounds ecology, and even the name of the main town Blenheim are all under the microscope, with changes ahead for whoever is elected. That leaves Tasman where three are contesting the mayoralty including incumbent Richard Kempthorne, first elected to the position in 2007. Opposing him this time are Kit Maling, a councillor since 2010, whose late father was a previous Richmond mayor, and Maxwell Clark who also contested the mayoralty three years ago. The Local Body Elections will be held on Saturday 8th October 2016. Voting documents will be delivered to households from Sept 16th to 21st. Saturday 8th October is polling day and all voting documents must be at each council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results –once all ordinary votes have been counted – will be announced as soon as possible afterwards. Official results will be available sometime between October 13th to the 19th.

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Garden Marlborough

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rom making cheese and preserving vegetables to weaving willow and planting perennials, there’s a vintage feel to this year’s Nelmac Garden Marlborough. Marketing manager Julia Brown says garden tours remain the foundation of the event, and workshops are an opportunity to tap into new and renewed trends, from the edgy (wire sculptures and night-lit gardens) to the vege (growing and preserving your own food). Workshop planning begins with 11 Garden Marlborough committee members and two staff sitting down with open minds and big ideas. “You put anything on the table and say, ‘Let’s see how we get on’,” says Julia. “It gets whittled down to 30, which we explore, and you end up with 13.” Here’s a taste of a few of them:

Growing endless flowers and foliage is a complicated business, given the ruthless lifecycle of a plant, says Jeanine. “It germinates and it grows beautifully and it crops its life out and, before you know it, it’s all over.” The fleeting nature of her crop means that between October and April she and her team are kept busy picking, plucking, culling and planting, to ensure the flower field is ever awash with colour. More than 50 species are planted with nature’s timekeeping in mind, and bouquets are bunched according to the season’s whims, rather than the bride’s, she says. “We are guided by what the field provides, and not the other way round.”

Verve for life Jeanine Wardman didn’t move to Marlborough with thoughts of floristry or flower farming or finding forgotten blooms, but over the past five years she’s become something of an expert in all three. Now the flowers from her 1ha Verve farm in the Wairau Valley are sought by florists throughout the country because she grows unusual, old-fashioned and extraordinary blooms, without sprays or heated glasshouses. Jeanine Wardman

‘Natives pair beautifully with some of the self-sowing cottage annuals we have lost touch with.’ – J E A N I N E WA R D M A N P R O M OT E S F U S I O N F L OW E R G R OW I N G

Her workshops at Garden Marlborough will “demystify” the process for home-growers, who can do the same on a small scale and have an abundance of cut flowers from spring through to autumn. Jeanine says many of her flowers may look and feel unusual to younger generations, but are very familiar to their parents and grandparents. “It’s not that I am growing anything unknown or unheard of. It’s only that we’ve just lost touch with it a little bit. I’m merely being a bit of a custodian.” Some of her favourites are in the Scabiosa family, which has perennials and annuals in its lineage. “It is a gorgeous plant to garden with, and beautiful paired with natives. It gives you instant wildflower effect and it has beautiful seed pods as well, which is part of our approach.” Jeanine has also “stumbled upon” the swan plant family beloved by monarchs. While some Asclepias are invasive and not allowed into New Zealand, the Asclepias curassavica is readily available and self-sows abundantly, she says. “It

A bittern in the wetland

pairs beautifully with our carex grasses and our flaxes and our native shrubs.” Foxglove is “high-fashion in the cut-flower trade”, says Jeanine, bringing an old favourite back into play. “We have an idea in our heads of it being very cottagey and romantic, and because it is so statuesque and bold and big, it lends itself beautifully to a cross-over plant that can live happily alongside a flax or pittosporum or tussock. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about them popping up, so a garden becomes full of character and personality.” She recognises a change of heart in gardening, with piqued interest in forgotten cottage annuals in lieu of, or along with, the low-maintenance or strictly native gardens so prevalent these days. It doesn’t need to be either/or, says Jeanine, and she hopes the gardening world is ready for a “fusion” approach. “My passion would be for combining native structure with our wildflower aspects. Natives pair beautifully with some of the self-sowing cottage annuals we have lost touch with. There might be a new genre out there yet to be properly stumbled upon.”

Flights of fancy at a flourishing wetland

The only exotics allowed to thrive in Will and Rose Parsons’ garden are glamorous spoonbills, glossy ibis and other birds from foreign climes. Everything else is pulled out, sprayed out, poisoned or trapped, ensuring this 8ha native wetland is a stunning representation of the landscape once prolific in Marlborough. The Wetland Wildlife and Native Plant Tour is new to the Garden 37


Marlborough programme, and involves an early morning visit to the wetland, which is protected by a QEII Trust covenant and is home to many of the Wairau Lagoon’s 90 bird species. The Parsons insist Mother Nature is to thank for this glorious garden, but they have worked tirelessly to make sure nothing stands in her way, by vetoing invasive weeds, poisoning trees that limit the wetland’s development and trapping predators that threaten the bird population. They’ve also spent the past decade sharing their passion for the history and ecology of this corner of Marlborough through their Driftwood Eco Tours business, through community events to clean the river and lagoons, and through their FLOW Marlborough (Friends of the Lower Opawa and Wairau) Facebook page. The Garden Marlborough workshop, which will include a champagne breakfast and a demonstration of native plant propagation by Grant Robertson of Morgans Road Nursery, is another way of sharing their love for this and other wetlands. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the environment and perhaps show people what Marlborough and the Wairau must have been like when the first Maori arrived 800 years ago,” Will says. He hopes people will feel the same kind of connection to it as he does. “I am in there every day without fail if I can be. I have such an affiliation to it, and it just draws me.” Several Marlborough artists will have work displayed amid the flax, cabbage trees and ribbonwoods of the wetland, including Will Rowe and Indigo Greenlaw of the Paper Rain Project, Linda Waimarie King and photographer Jim Tannock. Rose says the artists will bring the wetland to life. “We were really amazed how many of them were very enthusiastic to meet that challenge.” Money raised by the Parsons at the event will go to the upkeep of the wetland and the protection of the plants and birds within it.

Naturally wired Working in wire is like drawing a picture, says Rupert Till, who starts with life-sized lines for his garden sculptures, then blocks them in with shading. “The wire is strong to give you subtle top-lines of animals and still show light through it.” The English sculptor is the keynote speaker at Garden Marlborough this November, where guests will see some of his extraordinary works in a native garden and hear about the influence of sculpture 38

Wire mesh sheep by Rupert Till

‘It is a really useful material to work in, allowing you to show expression and a sense of feeling.’ – R U P E RT T I L L , W I R E M E S H S C U L P TO R .

on an environment. Rupert began working with new wire netting at the Chelsea School of Art, covering it with plaster and clay. When he left college and moved back to North Yorkshire, he stumbled on some wire while out riding on the moors. “I noticed that the wire was stretched and weathered, giving it the right qualities to mould.” It was his “lightbulb moment”, he says. Over the past 26 years, Rupert has mastered the use of recycled wire mesh, straight galvanised wire and the bespoke bronze wire he has used since 2010. Each is bent and wound into sculptures that portray the physiology, character and nuance of his animal subjects. “It is a really useful material to work in, allowing you to show expression and a sense of feeling,” he says. One of his recent pieces was a horse head commissioned by Marlborough woman Miriam Radich for her father Peter’s 70th birthday. She says Peter’s horse Libby was a constant presence in the paddocks next to her parents’ house for 20 years, and when the horse died late last year her absence was keenly felt. Miriam approached Rupert about a sculpture, sent a single photo and expected “a vague representation” of Libby to emerge from

the packing crate. Instead they found “a very representative and evocative rendition of our lovely girl”, she says. “The bundle of wire is instantly recognisable as Libby to anyone who knew her. The line of her neck, the hang of head and her messy mane are all there.” Rupert says sculpture can bring structure or decoration to a garden, make a dramatic statement, or link the space to its surroundings. Each work begins with a conversation with the owner about how they use the garden. He then considers views from the house or finds areas where people might come across a sculpture as they stroll around the garden. “I have installed pieces on walls, in trees and at the bottom of gardens, which make you want to stop and look back at the house.” Some clients want a “wow factor” so visitors see the sculpture and then the home, while others want the works to be discovered among the plantings. “Every project is different so you have to become a good listener to interpret what the client’s needs are.” NELMAC GARDEN MARLBOROUGH November 3-6, 2016 gardenmarlborough.co.nz


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Tertiary Education

Aquaculture at NMIT

HIGH-TECH & HANDS- ON Modern tertiary study is a wide world away from relentless swot. Sadie Beckman samples the many exciting options in Nelson and Marlborough.

qualifications on offer, students can find the course that fits, and for those who choose fields that relate directly to the region’s own industries, hands-on, practical examples and experience surround them every day, as they live, work and study in the heart of what they’re learning about.

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Links with industry are a vital part of NMIT‘s philosophy. The largest tertiary education institution in the Top of the South has a main campus in Nelson and satellites in Blenheim, elsewhere in Marlborough, and in Auckland. It offers over a hundred programmes at certificate, diploma or degree level, catering for about 3000 full-time equivalent students locally, nationally and internationally. NMIT has specialist qualification programmes in Aquaculture, Winemaking and Viticulture, Conservation, Maritime and Marine Engineering expressly because the region is known for these industries, but it also has students of Nursing, IT, Business, Arts and Design, Hospitality, Social Sciences and many trades. The institution is one of 18 state-owned tertiary providers nationwide, meaning it receives funding from the Tertiary Education Commission to deliver programmes approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). A mixture of vocational learning and research to support it underpins the structure of NMIT, which has certainly come a long way since its origins in the Nelson Technical School, which opened in Hardy St

NMIT hoosing where to study can be a big decision. New Zealand’s tertiary education offerings are varied and we are lucky to have plenty of choice in good-quality providers, some of whom offer unique specialisations relative to their geographical location. In the Nelson and Marlborough region, our natural environment and climate mean our economic activities have evolved in certain directions. Viticulture, marine enterprises, adventure tourism and aviation are just some of the industries the region is renowned for, so it makes perfect sense that our tertiary providers offer programmes in these fields, as well as the other more generic courses you can find throughout the country. Institutions such as Nelson Aviation College and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) are tertiary leaders in these specialised fields, attracting students from overseas as well as New Zealand-wide. The variety of study levels available is another factor contributing to a thriving tertiary education scene in Nelson and Marlborough. With certificates, diplomas, degrees and trade 40


‘Our point of difference from a university is that we prepare graduates to be work-and world-ready.’ V I R G I N I A WAT S O N , N M I T

in 1905 – although right from the beginning the focus has always been to provide training to support key local industries. Today, NMIT has partnerships with institutions in Japan, China and Europe. So many international students attend NMIT that a special Global Campus was set up in Auckland last year to cater for their needs. Back down south, though, the Viticulture and Winemaking programmes are bearing plenty of fruit. Introduced in 2015, the courses include bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate diplomas. Facilities such as the appealingly named Wine Sensory Room, research vineyard and laboratories allow budding viticulturists to grow their own grapes as well as make and analyse wine. NMIT’s Marketing and International Development director, Virginia Watson, says about 75 percent of New Zealand’s wine is produced in Marlborough. Courses are designed to prepare students for work as soon as they finish studying, so they hit the ground running. “We design our programmes to combine academic rigour with practical applications such as industry placements, practical projects and lab work, so the students are learning and doing at the same time,” says Virginia. “Our point of difference from a university is that we prepare graduates to be work-and world-ready.” The same hands-on philosophy applies to NMIT’s other individualised programmes. Aquaculture, for example, is the fastest growing sector in the country’s seafood industry, and 70 percent of it takes place in the Top of the South. Favourite Kiwi delicacies such as mussels, salmon, clams and oysters are grown here. Courses look at the entire process behind such food, from the science involved in production, to marketing for export. NMIT works in conjunction with acclaimed research organisations such as The Cawthron Institute, an internationally respected private research centre. Aquaculture education at NMIT is delivered in state-of-the-art facilities. Students also benefit from working collaboratively with researchers and people in the industry, as well as heading out on field trips almost every week of their study. If looking after the flora and fauna is more your area of interest, NMIT is the only tertiary provider in New Zealand that works with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to deliver the Trainee Ranger programme. The courses produce people qualified in a variety of fields within conservation, ranging from practical skills such as quad-bike and chainsaw use, to New Zealand’s ecological diversity, and demonstrate another successful partnership between NMIT and an outside organisation. These partnerships, says Virginia, are key to NMIT’s entire approach and are also used in aviation and maritime studies. Air New Zealand works with NMIT to co-ordinate training, and the NZ Defence Force is involved in the aircraft engineering programmes run out of its Woodbourne base. Budding mariners find they are in the perfect location, with Nelson home to Australasia’s largest fishing port and courses available in everything from offshore coastal skippering to crewing a superyacht or fishing vessel. There is even a new million-dollar marine simulator that allows for life-size, hand-on experience

skippering many types of vessels in different conditions. NMIT seems to have developed a learning model that not only uses support and experience from local industries, but gives back to them in the form of trained, qualified, motivated people who are already familiar with their vocational environment and ready to transition straight into their careers. This type of collaborative education is surely one of the most successful structures in tertiary education and shows how learning is both an individual and community experience, backed up by world-leading research and keeping students firmly in touch with the reality of their chosen fields. Viticulture

‘Our main focus is foundation learning and strong support of literacy and numeracy development.’ VIRG INIA ARCHER, MARLBOROUG H COMMU NITY COLLEG E

MARLBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Marlborough Community College is slightly different to most other education providers. One of six community colleges across the South Island, it is a charitable training establishment for people aged 16 or over, and focuses on practical learning to gain NZQA unit standards and work towards NCEA for those who may have missed out. Manager Virginia Archer says the college acts as a bridge for the many young people who might have left college without any NZQA qualifications. “We develop skills to Level 2 or 3 and transition them to somewhere like NMIT,” she explains. “Our main focus is foundation learning and strong support of literacy and numeracy development, and we work in tandem with other tertiary organisations.” The college offers a Youth Service and Job Connection programme to assist young people into education, training or work-based learning. A free Job Connection programme is designed to help Work and Income-referred clients aged 18-plus into employment. Small class sizes and supportive learning environments make Community College education less daunting for those returning to study, or for whom school wasn’t a positive experience. The colleges all have a similar philosophy centred on catering to different learning types, particularly kinetic or hands-on, plus practical learning, boosting confidence and skills so students can go on to enter their chosen career. And with courses in hospitality, outdoors, sport and recreation, retail, hairdressing and many other trades, the scope of people they can help to get a foot on the ladder is far-reaching. 41


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he simplification of leather goods has arrived. Status anxiety believes in the freedom from complexity and affectation in all areas of life. Their leather goods are functional and uncomplicated in form, letting the premium leather do the talking. Status Anxiety has always been a much loved brand since hitting the shelves in Trouble and Fox. With the functional inside lining of the white and black stripes you are able to easily see the contents of your bag. The fashionable yet simple design and production make this the perfect everyday and evening bag, one that’s needed in every woman’s wardrobe! Passing Moment bag, (black) available at Trouble and Fox

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hile it may not feel like spring yet weatherwise, the new season’s collections have started to arrive in at local retailers. Colour, pattern, sparkles, denim and easy-to-wear looks are what it is all about this season, it’s about less layers and adding more statement pieces to your outfit. Now is the perfect time to “spring clean” your wardrobe and also an ideal opportunity to refresh your look, change your style or simply explore the trends and see what works for you. Play with colour, bling and denim and you won’t go wrong. Brighten up your look and leave the colder months to fade into the background. Thinking about changing your hair, make-up or style? Do it! Now is the time. Enjoy,

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ith over 65 years of pampering Nelsonians’ feet to their credit, “Taylors… We love shoes” continually delivers on its promise to always deliver quality and style. Season after season, it delivers fresh, fashionable and fabulous footwear. This spring season we see beautiful bronze tones and nudes as well as muted hues, and - never too far away – exciting pops of colour to tie in with the latest seasonal trends. This new popular Bresley style is a mix between a brogue and a sandal with a slightly dressier approach. Featured here in the bone and bronze colour way, this is a great shoe that will work just as easily with a casual outfit or more dressy evening wear, plus deliver premium comfort along the way. Bresley Apache sandal, Bone Multi, available from Taylors… We Love Shoes

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his spring season is all about minimalistic bases and more about making that one bold statement on the face, whether this is bold lips, stand-out eyes or a beautiful glow. Tell your story with the eyes using shades of blue splashed across the lash lines or washed-out with a subtle impact. Glow with glitter or simply showcase those eyes with some long luscious lash extensions. Lips are made to pout and tell a story so why not accentuate them with on-trend spring tones such as pink, candy apple red, orange or even a deep gorgeous ox blood. Or if boldness is not for you then why not add some subtle bronze tones to make those cheekbones pop. Bring out your best bronze goddess look with a subtle healthy glow.


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Compact, stylish and delightfully designed Extra thick exterior walls provide added insulation Nestled on the perfect spot in Tahunanui Large open windows afford amazing views Simple yet stylish furnishings are Judy’s hallmark throughout


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hil and Judy Kouka’s Tahunanui property ticks all the boxes for luxury and design without the responsibility and cost of a large house. The couple downsized last year to their purpose-built Tosswill Road home and have been enjoying a new ease of living and efficiency ever since. After many years running their underfloor heating business, Phil says they decided the time was right to do something for themselves, creating a warm, comfortable home that shows Judy’s eye for design at every turn. The house was conceptualised by Phil and Judy, with plans drawn up by architect Kerry Thompson. It was built by Bruce Paterson of Urban Box Construction, who had worked with Phil on prior projects, assisted by Kenji Yamamoto, who created the exterior steps, one of Judy’s favourite parts of the house. “He’s a real craftsman,” says Judy. “The steps are a standout feature.” Although just 86 square metres in size, the property punches well above its weight with a range of features designed for style and ease of use such as a compact, hidden laundry in a cupboard and a hallway with low windows to allow plenty of light but unbroken wall space for displaying art with no interruption, like a gallery. Extra thick exterior walls allow for plenty of insulation and the large windows throughout create passive solar heating, absorbed and retained nicely by the polished concrete floor, although given the couple’s business, it goes without saying an excellent underfloor heating warms 55


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Low down windows are a feature in the hall Comfort, warmth and a view in one of the two bedrooms Spacious windows let in light and glimpses of the outside Passive solar and underfloor heating warm the bathroom

difficult due to the covenants placed on many subdivisions and sections requiring houses to be of a certain size. The Tosswill Road site though, turned out to be just right. “It fits perfectly on the section,” says Phil. “It’s close to the beach, which we both love. A couple of minutes’ drive or an easy walk, which we do with our grandson.” And perhaps considering future generations such as their grandchildren helped shape the decisions the Koukas made about the way they wanted to design and create their home. “We strongly feel this is the way building should go,” says Judy. “The idea of using less space just seems right; it’s taking up less planet.” 59


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Timber windows making a comeback BY HELEN ROSE

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ustainability is the name of the game these days, especially when it comes to timber windows. Many builders and homeowners are opting for timber windows – and doors – made from renewable resources with low carbon footprints. The end result is they not only look good, they stand the test of time and have the added bonus of helping to protect our environment. Add in the fact that timber has a high thermal resistance compared to other commonly used building products, leading Nelson Master Joiners secretary Philip Thompson to say that timber is a 'win-win' decision. The high thermal resistance helps reduce heat losses and provides warmer homes with lower energy bills and no condensation on timber surfaces, which provides a healthier indoor environment, he says. Longevity and versatility are also two good reasons for using sustainable timber. With proper maintenance the lifespan of windows and doors can extend to more than 100 years. Philip adds: “Timber windows and doors provide you with great design flexibility. As well as standard profiles, you can use customised window and door designs. A myriad of paint options and colours exist for timber products, not to

mention a huge choice of hardware fittings available to provide all manner of clients with the finished look they want.” Quality workmanship is provided by New Zealand Master Joiners members who developed and tested their own Government-approved profiles for the manufacture of wooden windows and doors. This came in response to a 2010 edict by the Department of Building and Housing requiring that the timber window industry produce and use windows that comply with NZS 4211 or there would be no guarantees they would be accepted in the future.

“Timber windows and doors provide you with great design flexibility.” PHILIP THOMPSON NELSON MASTER JOINERS SECRETARY

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wind zones in which the products are to be installed. “This standard - NZS 4211 - is no longer an option for the architect or client to decide. Now it’s a legal Government standard that is part of the NZ Building Code and all windows and doors must comply with it,” adds Philip. What this means is homeowners can opt for timber doors and windows, knowing they are sustainably produced, meet industry-set standards and look great. Don't just think Master Joiners only do timber windows, to see their other work go to the Nelson Marlborough Master Joiners Facebook page.

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MY GARDEN

A time for new beginnings BY HELEN ROSE

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first of the Spring bulbs have long since popped their glossy green leaves through the cold damp soil and we’re now enjoying the heavenly scents of earlicheers, crocuses, freesias and the like. That said, now is one of the busiest times in the garden with so much to do. Start with a spring clean. Round up all the dead leaves and foliage left over from winter, clean any draining areas, and sort out the gardening tools. Give them a clean too so you’re not passing on residual disease spores to healthy new plants and growth. Take the time to sort out your garden’s infrastructure too. Drains, water run-offs and the like need regular attention or they don’t work to the best advantage. Clean out any detritus and add it to the compost. Now is also fix-it time, so dig out the hammer and nails and tackle any sagging garden beds, supports etc. It’s a good time to do this because there’s less foliage and roots around to disturb. Catch up on any weeding and put down a weed suppressant mat or lots of mulch or both. Avoid putting mulch too close to the trunks of trees and fragile plants so they don’t rot. Of course it’s not too early to start planting edibles, however be wary of late frosts. Start the vegetable seedlings indoors or cover them at nights. Early

spring crops include peas, lettuces, leeks and spinach. Next follow the brassicas such as broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbages, radishes, onions and potatoes. Talking about potatoes, midSeptember is the perfect day to plant seed potatoes if you want new potatoes for Christmas dinner; it’s roughly 100 days growing time. How about a new direction this spring? Why not try a few of the heritage varieties of plants and seeds. Think gorgeous purple carrots, juicy ripe tomatoes and even pungent garlic. Heritage varieties exist for most fruit and vegetables. Let’s not forget flowers. Early spring is the time to transplant bulbs kept inside in pots but don’t necessarily expect them to bloom their first season in the ground. Some may take up to three years. Other tasks to tackle include cleaning out the perennials – getting rid of any dead, weak foliage – and starting a few annuals in seedling trays. Above all enjoy your garden. Whether it’s a collection of pots on a patio, compact raised beds, or acres of park-like surrounds, a garden is a place to re-connect with nature and enjoy it. Listen to the birds, smell the daisies or daffodils and ­ de-stress for a while. The ultimate bonus is that you also get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

How about a new direction this spring? Why not try a few of the heritage varieties of plants and seeds.

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MY KITCHEN

Chocolate Espresso Fondant Puddings B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY

Chocolate and coffee marry perfectly in these little fondant puddings. Freshly-brewed espresso is preferable for a strong coffee flavour, however, strong plunger coffee would suffice. The quality of the chocolate is also important to complement the coffee. I used locally crafted Hogarths’ 75% Dominican Republic, although another dark chocolate with minimum 70% cacao solids could also be used. And of course source the coffee from one of the many excellent roasters about the area. Serves 6 Ingredients 100g butter 2 tablespoons sugar 70g dark chocolate, broken into pieces 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 40ml shot strong espresso 3 free-range eggs 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Method: Preheat oven 180C. Grease 6 x 1/2 cup ramekins with butter. Melt butter and sugar together then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate pieces and whisk until smooth. Stir through the coffee and add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Fold through the baking soda and pour evenly into the ramekins to 3/4 full. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if the tops are mostly set with a little melted chocolate showing. If not, bake for several more minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving. Note: the batter can be made ahead of time, minus the baking soda, to be folded through just prior to cooking.

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DINE OUT

BY MAXWELL FLINT

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rs F and I have recently returned from the USA – soon to be renamed, I understand, Trumpland. For family reasons we spent several days in Las Vegas, the Sodom and Gomorrah of America. I had been looking forward to the food in Vegas but unfortunately the days of cheap hotels and wonderful food look to be a thing of the past. The food we found there very much mirrored large aspects of American culture – wonderful to look at but once you scratch the surface there is very little of substance. The portion sizes were such that everything looked as though it is served with a sidedish of diabetes. After a particularly robust evening out we ended up eating a meal at an average restaurant at 2 o’clock in the morning. The place was packed and infested with pokie machines. I asked our waitress why several women were walking around in their togs. She told me they were cocktail waitresses and the swimming costumes improved their tips. Classy. I ordered a much-vaunted American steak and Mrs F a hamburger. The steak was just that – much-vaunted and devoid of any discernible flavour. Mrs F’s hamburger had also gone through the same ‘detastification’ that my steak had endured. Therefore, it is with some irony that the first restaurant I review after returning to New Zealand is a hamburger joint called Underground. As the name suggests, it is in the basement of a backpackers in Cathedral Square, Nelson, previously inhabited by East Street restaurant. I have always enjoyed the Hobbit-ish interior of this space. It’s sort of secretive and comforting in a Cappadocian fashion. This restaurant certainly is an honest,

Burgers better than in America no-frills burger bar. You place your order at the bar, buy your drinks and take a seat. I didn’t see a drinks list and I suspect you have to ask what they have. The beer selection looks okay as befitting a burger bar, but the white wine selection is limited to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I ordered the Red Sox burger, which consisted of a meat pattie and chilli con carne ($15) and Mrs F tucked into the Buffalo Bill special, basically a normal hamburger with chook instead of beef ($17). My hamburger was without any vegetation, which was my fault for not reading the menu properly. Thankfully this beef pattie had lots of flavour compared with its American cousin. The chilli con carne, although being homemade, lacked a certain Mexican effervescence and was subdued. Mrs F’s dish was more like the hamburgers I remember – full of lettuce, bacon, tomato, onion and spicy sauce. It threatened to dislocate your jaw. One annoying little trait was that the

French cheese? Yes please!

hamburgers came on a paper napkin paced on a plate, which meant as you cut into the beast, the paper shredded. I like this restaurant as it is completely honest and unpretentious and serves decent-enough food at a reasonable price. The waitpersons were delightful Americans, I think, or possibly Canadian. Thankfully the owners have resisted the temptation to decorate the inside of the place with American myths. I didn’t see a James Dean or Harley Davidson poster anywhere. A great family restaurant. Go and try it. Underground Burgers will be closing soon but re-opening in a new location in central Nelson about November.

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WINE

Real depth in Awatere wines B Y P H I L L I P R E AY

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Awatere valley is a subregion of Marlborough and for me it is the premier wine-growing area. It produces wines that are distinctly different from their Wairau cousins. I am not sure what is in the terroir of the Awatere that enables it to produce such good wines. Harsher growing conditions certainly force the vines to go deeper into the subsoils. Whatever it is, I like the richer, deeper flavour profiles that I find in Awatere Valley wines. I recently took some time out to visit Tohu Winery in the Awatere Valley. Tohu is part of the Kono portfolio of food and beverage businesses, and Kono is one of the investment arms of the Wakatu Incorporation, who represent iwi from the top of the South Island. Wakatu’s Nelson wine business goes under the label Aronui Wines. The Tohu wines vineyard has around 32ha in vines, made up of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and pinot blanc. The mainstays are sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Two distinct styles of sauvignon blanc are produced under the Tohu label. The standard Marlborough style is fresh and acidic, but with the typical Awatere influence. It is flintier, with mineral 66

overtones and a richer, rounder, more harmonious flavour. It has greater depth and is more suitable with food than the normal standard marlborough sauvignon. The other style is the reserve sauvignon blanc, Mugwi 2014. Each of the reserve wines is named after a kaumatua of the local iwi. I don’t know who Mugwi is but he must have been a character because this wine is full of character. Basically a non-interventionist style, this wine was pressed, placed in barrels and almost left to do its stuff. Wild yeast and barrel-fermented, this wine has a reductive character.

“The flavour is multi-level — an almost meaty sauvignon blanc that has a full mouth-feel and would be perfect with food.” The nose is out of this world and would probably put most people off – hints of cabbage, match-strike and vegetative notes. With a little bit of air, the strong aromas dissipate. The flavour is multi-level – an almost meaty sauvignon blanc that has a full mouth-feel and

would be perfect with food. I loved it, but be warned, this is not your usual sauvignon blanc. I tasted the reserve pinot noir, Rore 2015, which has not been released yet. This wine has a distinctive herbal nose and flavour that is often associated with Marlborough pinots. I am normally not a fan of this herbal tinge but this wine has such excellent fruit qualities that it balances out the wine. Rore is still very young but promises to develop beautifully once it becomes more rounded. The reserve chardonnay Hemi 2015 is still too young to make a definitive judgment on. It has everything there but is still a little shy. I will try it in two years’ time. One of Tohu’s nicest wines is a pinot blanc that unfortunately is yet to be made commercially. Plans are afoot to bring it to market provided they can get enough fruit to make it worth their while. It is fresh yet has enough residual sugar to bring out the wonderful fruit qualities in the wine. Tohu Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is producing quality wines. The vineyard has no tasting room, but keep an eye out for Tohu wines – they’re worth it.


BEER

David Nicholls with Moa’s Sour Blanc and Cherry Sour beers

Try a sour beer BY MARK PREECE

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ood things take time, so David Nicholls is already brewing his 2017 beer releases. The Moa head brewer says with sour beers, time is even more important. “Unlike more traditional beers, which take 3-8 weeks to brew, the sours at Moa take at least 12 months.” A long conditioning allows the flavours to infuse into the beer, especially when some of Moa’s brews need to break down whole cherries or bunches of grapes. “If anything, I’d like to leave them longer to get more complexity,” says David. “As

they go through the aging process, the different bacteria and yeast, which have their own optimal conditions, transition through becoming the dominant flavour.” David has been brewing sour beer since 2008, claiming the longest-running programme in New Zealand. Moa has an annual release of four sours, using local ingredients such as the cherries and sauvignon blanc grapes that Marlborough is known for. He uses bugs, including a mix of purchased microflora, what’s around

the brewery, cultures from pretty manky bunches of grapes, or whatever comes in with the cherries. A combination of separate pumps and hoses and careful sanitation means this Jurassic Park of nasties are prevented from contaminating any of Moa’s standard brews. Despite sours experiencing huge growth in the US and New Zealand, David sees them as a niche beer that won’t overtake the volumes of an IPA. “At the moment people just want something sour, although as they taste more and different sours, they‘ll start to decide what they like.” Despite David doubling, then quadrupling, Moa’s sour volume each year, they keep selling out. “It’s going gangbusters really.” Pucker up, take some time and try the sours series, Moa style: Cherry Sour 2014 Vintage, ABV 7%. They say: ‘Brewed with a wheat beer base and whole Marlborough cherries. Farmyard characters are evident from the Brettanomyces yeast, and it is tart rather than over-acidic. A food-friendly beer well-matched with brie or aged gouda.’ Sour Blanc 2014 Vintage, ABV 6.7%. ‘A throwback to how the very first beers were produced. A sour beer in the traditional Belgian lambic style with a complexity best described as a riot of flavours.’ Sour Grapes 2014 Vintage, ABV 6.9%. ‘A refreshing and uniquely unusual Belgian-style fruit lambic. A wheat beer base was fermented and conditioned with our house sour microflora.’ Rum Barrel Sour 2014 Vintage, ABV 9.0%. ‘A rum barrel-aged sour, loosely based on a Flanders red ale. Sherry-like with a strong raisin character, this slightly tart beer finishes with a warming mouth-feel.’

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T R AV E L

Paradise in any language

BY SALLIE GREGORY IMAGES COURTESY OF DROPBEAR ADVENTURES

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raser Island: The name alone brings back so many memories from the late ‘80s – bouncing around in the back of the family 4x4, or driving to beaches with my mates, windows down and Hotel California blaring from the stereo. Whatever your mood, Fraser Island is a destination for the senses. It’s adventure, it’s natural beauty, it’s unique and as the Aboriginal name K’gari says, it’s paradise. Situated off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland, and just north of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Fraser is the world’s largest sand island, stretching for 123 awesome kilometres. World Heritage listed in 1992, Fraser has everything that one island can offer, from shipwrecks to crystal-blue freshwater lakes, rock-pools, towering rainforests and kilometres of beach highway with coloured sands on one side and a spectacular coastline on the other. From June to September, expect to see humpback whales passing by on their way to and from the Whitsundays to the north. Breeching and splashes are a frequent sight, while later in the season, young humpbacks learn aerial tricks from their mothers. The name Fraser Island comes from Eliza Fraser and her story of survival from a shipwreck on the island in 1836. Her famous ‘sideshow stories’ on return to Mother England, only add to the island’s mystique. The Butchulla people are the traditional owners of K’gari and the island contains heritage sites of spiritual, social and archaeological significance that bear witness to their history dating back thousands of years. You can learn about this heritage by joining one of the many tours that explore the island. From backpacker tag-along tours to high-end eco experiences or a self-drive 4x4 adventure, Fraser Island is simply one of those places that bring people back time and time again. Paradise is the most truly appropriate name for this diverse island. Spend time at Lake Wabby before it is swallowed up completely by the advancing sand-dune and visit Central Station which my favourite tour-guide, Mark Robinson from Dropbear Adventures, describes as the island’s giant greenhouse and history-keeper, showcasing its flora and fauna and how it developed. And do try the Champagne Pools, Fraser’s ‘natural jacuzzi’ is one of those places you don’t want to leave. 68


A DV E N T U R E

"It's fairytale beautiful — white ice glistening in the soft winter light, with a backdrop of mountains and sky."

A ski-free week at Nelson Lakes BY SOPHIE PREECE

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is barely light on a winter’s morning, but eight small bare feet are on the concrete outside, checking the level of chill. The warm toes and heels have little impact on the icy path, and their owners scamper back in to announce that their official test has borne happy results – it’s cold enough for ice-skating. We were told the day before, as we biked from the St Arnaud store to our A-frame bach, that evidence of ice would indicate a frozen rink. So we bundle those pink feet into cosy warm socks, pile on excessive winter layers and set off on bikes for the store. There we rent skates before biking down a track to Teetotal Flats, where there

are numerous mountain bike trails and a frozen pond in the shade of a bushclad hill. It is fairytale beautiful – white ice glistening in the soft winter light, with a backdrop of mountains and sky. The skating rink is best around the shortest day, after a few good hard frosts. Within a few weeks of that it sees too much sun to stay frozen, and we are here on one of the last days of its season. So, while the children can tear around on the wide stretch of ice, a larger skater causes the frozen façade to bend and shimmer in the light. That’s enough to keep us adults standing to the edge, wondering when our little skaters will tire of gliding, falling, standing and gliding again. They don’t, and eventually we need to tempt them off

with biscuits and talk of other adventures. We booked this week at Nelson Lakes National Park for skiing, and when the opening date for Rainbow Skifield was pushed out a week, decided to head up anyway. In the way of concrete clouds and silver linings, our ski-free week forces us to explore the town, from the skating rink and mountain bike tracks to the short walks at the end of Lake Rotoiti. Each day my sister Rebecca and I set off with the kids on an adventure, ignoring the look of incredulity when they realise it is drizzling, raining and, on one occasion, hailing, as we march them out into the day. Walking beautiful bush trails, skimming stones into the lake, feeding the huge eels at the end of the wharf, and tearing through deep puddles on their bikes is great fun, but the discovery of Pokemon Go adds a whole new facet to our adventures. We soon discover no weather is bad enough to stop them hunting down a virtual Fire Fang on the streets of St Arnaud. Our final night is spent at the lovely Alpine Lodge, lounging by the fire in the bar, or soaking in the hot tub and planning the next day, when the mountain will finally be open. It feels exactly like a ski lodge should, with exposed timber interiors and big windows full of mountain views. It also happens to have some child-consuming Pokemon targets, making this the perfect reward for our weather-proof adventures in St Arnaud. 69


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Boat – or permanent home? BY STEVE THOMAS

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man’s world existed in 1628 when jurist Sir Edward Coke established the ‘Castle Law’ concept. He proclaimed: “An Englishman’s house is his castle and each man’s home is his safest refuge”. Here in 2016, 46-year-old web designer Mark Thomas put forward his solution to the Auckland housing crisis in a recent news article. “Buy a boat and live on it,” he said. Having spent the past 15 years living aboard his 14m yacht in the Hobsonville Marina, he declared that “it’s pretty much the same as living in a small apartment, except you have the peace and tranquillity of the marina”. Of course, the idea of living on a boat is nothing new. On the surface the simplistic advantages of buying a floating house could quickly overwhelm many nesters struggling to save a deposit towards a bricks-andmortar version. Boats are cheap compared to a house, right? Boats today have all the comforts of a modern house, yes? Boats can move (well, most of them) so you have a mobile home to go fishing and cruising

on at weekends. Fantastic. Safe to say these are all valid points. The trend towards live-aboard boats is definitely on the rise. Marinas around the country report increasing numbers of people applying to live aboard. Here in Nelson about 45 boats at the marina are classified as ‘permanent live-aboards’. Marina management report they have a growing waiting list for berths, and turn away many people looking to buy a boat to live on. The shore facilities here are adequate at best but can’t cope with large numbers of visiting boaties and live-aboards alike. There’s also a fine balance to maintain. Sure, live-aboard boaties are good for security and create a nice vibe, but if you have too many, a ‘caravan park‘ mentality can emerge. Recreational boat-owners also need fair access to marina facilities and services. It’s fair to say marina management have the situation well under control at present and the balance is about right. Putting the romance of boat-living

Houseboats ... a common sight in the canals of Amsterdam

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to one side, what are the pitfalls? As a boat broker I’ve seen many successes and failures. The failures usually revolve around relationships and communication. I’ve seen families spectacularly implode after living on a boat. Being confined in a relatively small space over a miserable, cold winter creates lots of pressures. Imagine two teenagers forced to share a small cabin after living in a house with their own room and personal space. I’ve witnessed a happy young couple buy a boat for the first time, move aboard and have a baby. He loved it, she didn’t cope. Six months later – divorce. The successes are many, though. The benefits for children growing up on a boat are magical. Learning sailing skills, navigation and travelling on the high seas can set your kids up for a successful life on land. The real message is – it’s not for everybody so think hard before you consider buying Mark Thomas’ “cheapest home in Auckland”.


MOTORING

Vitara gains a ­ kick-ass turbo BY GEOFF MOFFETT

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hat a difference a turbocharger makes. Suzuki has transformed its small SUV Vitara with the addition of a turboboosted engine on its latest model. The 1.6-litre normally aspirated engine – still available – is replaced with a new 1.4-litre unit and what a cracker it is. Suzuki’s first foray into turbocharging is part of its NASA-sounding new ‘BoosterJet’ engine family. You’d have to expect the turbo set-up to find its way into more of the Suzuki range in the near future. And so it should, because this 16-valve, direct-injected turbo is a very impressive small engine. The Japanese car-maker also has a 1-litre turbo engine in its small Baleno, but not yet seen in NZ. The new Vitara is a different car with the turbo engine, not just giving it zippy performance – especially in sport mode – but delivering its 103kw of power so quietly and smoothly. And it’s all nicely matched to the six-speed automatic gearbox. The 1.4 produces 20 percent more power and a hunky 40 percent more

torque than the non-turbo 1.6. You’d hardly know it was a turbo though, with none of that old lag factor. The Vitara just bolts ahead. For techno-types, Suzuki says the fast response is due to the turbocharger being directly attached to

"Nothing gimmicky here, just an honest and likeable wheelhouse that Suzuki is very good at creating."

the cylinder head, and incorporating its exhaust manifold in the cylinder head casting. If that doesn’t mean a thing to you, you won’t care when you put your foot down to overtake – and get the response you want. With claimed The engine is not the only factor to lift the new Vitara. It looks cool too, especially in the two-tone bright red and black model I drove. The car has 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, satin-silver door mirrors, black side-body

mouldings, rear spoiler and LED daytime running headlamps. The cabin continues the sport theme with red-on-black leather and suede-effect trim, and alloy pedals. It’s well-equipped with a centrepiece of 7-inch touch-screen satellite navigation and SD Apple CarPlay – so you can use your apps on the screen – Bluetooth, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors. There’s also keyless entry and push-button start. I like the analogue clock as well. The controls are simple. Nothing gimmicky here, just an honest and likeable wheelhouse that Suzuki is very good at creating. You can have the Vitara in two-wheel or all-wheel drive. But if you can find the extra $3k, that’s money well-spent for the added driving assurance of traction from all corners and a diff-lock mode for skifield excursions. Along with that the Vitara provides hill descent control and hill hold control. Off-road testers have been complimentary about the Suzuki’s capabilities in slush and mud. On the main road, it’s a rewarding car to drive and comfortable enough for long trips, and while it’s a little on the choppy side on harsh road surfaces, the ride is surprisingly quiet. The cabin offers decent space and with the rear seats down there’s enough room for your summer camping equipment. Here’s a car that should appeal to young and old.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Suzuki Vitara Price: 2WD auto $34,990; AWD auto $37,990 (add $800 for two-tone). Power: 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve VVT BoosterJet turbocharged DOHC. 103kw @ 5500rpm, 220Nm @ 15004000rpm; six-stage auto transmission. Fuel economy: 5.9 l/100km (2WD combined cycle) Vehicle courtesy of Nelson Bays Motor Group 71


BUSINESS PROFILE

Sharing the forest with our feathered friends BY SANDRINE MARRASSÉ

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2014 a group of curious kea visiting a forestry block was the catalyst for what is sure to be a long-lasting collaboration between the Kea Conservation Trust and Nelson Management Ltd (NML* — the management company for the Nelson Forests estate). Kea are unusual in that they actively seek out interaction with people and property. The group of inquisitive birds was visiting and damaging logging equipment at one of NML’s harvesting sites, and the crew contacted NML’s Environmental Planner Heather Arnold to ask what could be done about the visiting kea. Heather contacted the Department of Conservation (DOC) for advice and they suggested she get in touch with Andrea Goodman, the Kea Conservation Trust’s Kea Conflict Management Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Top of the South. Andrea’s role was newly created as a response to the high number of kea/human conflicts in the 72

Tasman region in 2014. Nearly three years on, this working partnership to oversee conservation management of kea in the NML forest estate is an ongoing example of the work the company does to protect native fauna in its forest estates. NML’s Heather Arnold has been with the company for 15 years and is an advocate for environmental stewardship. Her work includes threatened species management as well as promoting the company’s Environmental Management System. “The partnership we have with the Kea Conservation Trust is one based on trust, knowledge transfer and mentoring,” says Heather. “The Trust actively encourages kea protection and spent time with harvesting crews to educate and inform people about the birds and their unique qualities. We see our relationship with the Trust as a long-term and important one. Our shared aim is that kea are not threatened or impacted by our

operations. As a result of our engagement with the Trust we are better informed about kea and their characteristics, and NML staff and suppliers have a huge amount of respect for these highly intelligent birds.” Currently, there is a forestry protocol in place for the kārearea (native New Zealand falcon) that was developed by the New Zealand Forest Owners’ Association and WingSpan. NML are planning to work with the Trust and other forestry businesses to develop a similar guideline for forestry operations with respect to kea. Andrea Goodman is excited about the protocol that is being developed. “From the Trust’s point of view, it is great to be involved with these forestry companies. It shows a commitment to New Zealand’s indigenous fauna. A lot of the harvest sites are in kea country, and kea will continue to be a part of the culture around these sites. If forestry companies can manage their harvesting operations with kea as a consideration in their planning, be it by kea-proofing gear or educating crews about never feeding kea, then we are all on the same page. We at the Trust acknowledge kea can be a right pain in the butt and we are very aware of the fiscal costs these birds can be responsible for. The message ‘do not feed the kea’ is my mantra, and it is so important.” “One of our harvesting crews was suffering a fair amount of machinery damage caused by kea,” says Heather, “so the Trust came up with the idea of trialling a kea play gym to create a new and more attractive ‘toy’ in the bush for the kea to focus on.” Inherently inquisitive by nature, unfortunately kea are attracted to yellow and red colours (very common with forestry machinery), and it was hoped that by providing them with a new toy they would expend their energy exploring and interacting with the play gym and leave the harvesting machinery, tools and vehicles alone. “The aim was to have a strong steel frame, with enrichment items attached to occupy the kea,” says Andrea. “These enrichment items are not to include food, as a food reward would only encourage kea to associate logging sites with food, and in turn encourage kea visits. The enrichment items were to be changed every couple of days to stop the kea from getting bored with them. “We also wanted to gradually move the playground further away from the logging site every few days to try and entice the kea away from the logging activity. We set up cameras to record kea activity and see if they were visiting the playground. Footage shows they were visiting, but not staying for long. They were still investigating the


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logging equipment too.” Visits by curious kea can have far more serious implications than property damage. Safety on job sites is the major focus for NML across all its operations, and visiting kea have the potential to be very distracting, especially if expensive or vulnerable parts of machinery (or the odd lunch) are being targeted. “Kea, by their nature are very entertaining, but safety is a key component of our successful operations. No one should be harmed while at work and not having issues with visiting kea helps to ensure the achievement of

“‘Do not feed the kea’ is my mantra, and it is so important.” ANDREA GOODMAN,

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safe operations,” says Heather. Another innovative project that NML voluntarily contributes to is the Biodiversity in Plantations project. Data collected in the forests is uploaded to the iNaturalist app and Naturewatch website. “It is a fabulous tool for recording and learning about the presence of threatened species,” says Heather. “Using the app and website New Zealand forest managers can record sightings of threatened species. Within NML we are able to view who has entered sightings as each user has a unique identifier. We ask crews and staff to regularly report sightings either in the field (when telecommunication coverage allows) or back in the office. The use of smart technology has made the recording process seamless and instant. GPS locations are added automatically, photos can be uploaded, and you can request help with species identification from the global scientists and biologists who monitor the programme.” The technology is useful for tracking and monitoring kea and other native species, and, where possible, forestry operations can be planned based on this data. “We use the reporting function to access data for our annual monitoring and also for planning purposes,” says Heather. “If we know about the presence of a threatened species before we undertake operations, we can plan for it. For example, if we have a recorded sighting of kārearea being present and displaying protective behaviours in previous years, we may be able to plan to avoid known nesting areas during the nesting and fledging periods. Similarly, if we have operations planned for locations that kea are known to visit, we can remind crews that having no food

ABOVE Andrea Goodman from the Kea Conservation Trust trials the kea play gym at a forestry site near St Arnaud (photo: John Henderson) OPPOSITE PAGE Curious kea investigate a logging site near Murchison (photo: Corey Mosen)

scraps is the most important thing they can do to minimise the potential for kea visits and damage.” As information and knowledge continues to be shared between NML and the Trust, the potential for discouraging kea from frequenting logging sites is enhanced. The work that NML and the Trust are doing to create a kea protocol for the forestry sector will be an important contribution to the conservation management of this unique and fascinating bird. [*Nelson Management Ltd is the management company for Nelson Forests’ 78,000 hectares of forest in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. More than 600 people are employed across the business, and the company harvests 1.1 million m3 of timber sales annually. 70% of the logs harvested are processed by local mills into products for the domestic and export markets. As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental best practice, in 1996 NML formed its Environmental Improvement Committee, and in 2010 achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Certification. FSC® certification requires the submission of an annual monitoring report and an independent audit of the company’s operations every two years. FSC® certification is internationally acknowledged as setting the most rigorous environmental and social standard for accountable forest management and requires that forests are managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.]

Contact nelsonforests.co.nz keaconservation.co.nz

ABOUT KEA • Kea are the world’s only mountain parrot, unique to the South Island of New Zealand • Kea are known to inhabit areas from alpine heights right down to sea level • Kea are a solid parrot about 46cm long (about the size of a cat sitting up). They have a wingspan of about one metre when they are in flight • Kea are a highly intelligent species and exhibit complex social and cognitive behaviours • The collective noun for a group of kea is a ‘circus’ or a ‘conspiracy’ • Kea are neophilic – meaning that they love exploring anything new and are attracted to human activity and belongings

DID YOU KNOW? • You should never feed kea! Humans feeding kea encourages them to stay in populated areas and kea attracted by human activity are more likely to die as a result of human-induced threats • Kea are ground nesters. This makes them very vulnerable to predation. In areas where there is no predator control, very few chicks make it to adulthood • Kea are nationally threatened and their numbers are declining • There are only 1000-5000 kea left in the world • Wild populations of kea are only found in New Zealand • The Kea Conservation Trust is a charitable trust that relies on sponsorship and donations to do its work

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ARTS

Art of the nude laid bare

Leslie Primo in front of a Rubens

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his September the region’s arts lovers have a rare opportunity to learn from one of Britain’s leading experts on the nude in art, Leslie Primo, guest lecturer of the Nelson Decorative and Fine Arts Society. His illustrated presentation, Behind Curtains: the Story of the Nude, takes place in the Theatre Royal at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 14th September. Leslie holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies, and gives lectures and guided tours at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He is touring New Zealand as guest of the Decorative and Fine Arts Societies of NZ, of which the Nelson Society is one of eight nationwide, all operating

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as separate entities under the umbrella organisation. Formed as a charitable trust in 2008, the Society is one of Nelson’s best-kept secrets, according to Claire Grant, the current Chair. “We bring to the city overseas experts representing art and art history, design, architecture, glass, ceramics, sculpture, fashion and literature, offering eight lectures per year, followed by discussion over a glass of wine. It’s the perfect blend of arts, knowledge and socialising.” Through its annual membership and fundraising the Society also supports the local arts community, such as its recent donation of $10,000 to the Suter Gallery Redevelopment Project.

So just how relevant is the nude to the art world of 2016? “The nude is still seen in our modern age as the pinnacle of creative artistic perfection,” says Leslie Primo. “Throughout the course of art history, the notion of the perfect body, and consequently gender, has been constantly reshaped and redefined. In the modern world we are continually making judgements of others based on body size, shape and colour. The nude reminds us that these judgements have always been with us,” he says. “This helps to explain one enduring appeal of the nude: how it reflects the changing times around it – fashion, social mores, morality – to provide a unique window on art and cultural history. “My lecture looks at the continuing fascination with the body in sculpture and painting across the ages, from the 4th Century BC through to the modern age,” says Leslie. Among the many iconic nudes to be discussed will be works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Bernini, Degas, Renoir and Velazquez. “We look at the reasons behind the commissioning of such images. What were their purposes? Who were their patrons? What hidden riddles are concealed within their seemingly enigmatic and flawless images of perfection? And we chart the everchanging attitude towards the nude as a subject – how the many and varied approaches to it have become synonymous with the very idea of art itself.”


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cohesive and like it belongs to the property. “We want our customers to achieve rooms that not only look and feel fabulous to be in but also perform well, are easy to maintain and will be a pleasure to use for many years ahead. “To ensure our customers achieve the best value for their investment we have long term close relationships with our selected suppliers of quality Italian products all of which are very competitively priced.” says Carlton.

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aps, basins, tiles, showers, baths, toilets, flooring - when it comes to creating a bathroom, it can all get a bit overwhelming. That’s where surfacedesign comes in to help renew your inspiration and confidence about your ideas. Owners Carlton Richards and Trish Drummond will welcome you into their beautiful but family-friendly showroom showcasing the latest tiles and bathroom ware products, serve you a great espresso and present you with a wealth of upto-date expert advice, inspiration and practical solutions. They bring 35 years of design experience and construction knowledge to the table to help you create a stylish, unique bathroom of quality finish, all within your personal budget. It’s a conversation that starts with finding out about a clients’ likes, tastes and preferences, says Carlton. “When we have an understanding of their desired style and needs, we then build a picture of what would suit 76

their home and also delivers their own personal requirements.” “From stylish robust family bathrooms that need to fulfill everyday needs of busy families through to creating an ensuite sanctuary where you can escape life’s everyday demands.” “Today you can really make a space whatever you want. We design spaces to work for our customers and that maximize every square centimetre available,” he says. “Whether you come to see us for a bathroom renovation or a new build we provide a full design or re-design of your spaces, which involves creating the best layout for the room and considered selection of every item required in the space from tiles, tapware, basins, toilets, baths through to accessories. Cabinetry is designed to complement the look and to fulfill individual storage and practical requirements. Generally we try to create a synergy throughout the home so if you go into any of the spaces, it feels connected,

“The amount of innovative product that is becoming available is exponential. Every week we are seeing new items, our priority is to always be leaders in the market and to select products that our customers here will love and that will perform well in our environment.” Although surfacedesign is based in central Nelson’s Achilles Ave, they also have a large clientele base in Marlborough - and in fact they can provide their design service remotely and their products can be easily distributed to clients all over New Zealand. Carlton and Trish can also advise on, and supply an extensive range of surfaces for the spaces of your home beyond the bathroom, including tiles and timber flooring for your living areas, decorative kitchen splash backs and exterior tiles. Above all, they want your bathroom design process to be a happy experience, which comes down to their own personal philosophy of integrity, quality, exceptional customer service and enjoying the people they work with.

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BOOK

Pete Anderson and Pete Jerram with their latest collection of yarns

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A cargo to scare a cop B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E

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hen Blenheim vet Peter Anderson was pulled over by a cop near Amberley, his truck was laden with two lions, a tiger and a couple of water buffalo. An unlikely load, it was also one that could cause Pete and truck-owner Murray Rose some trouble, not because they were wild animals, but because Murray had not registered his trip, as was compulsory in the early 1980s. “What are you carrying?” “Lions and tigers.” “Oh yeah.” The disbelieving cop peered under the tarpaulin. “While the roar that came out of the small gap he was looking through startled me, it must have given the traffic officer a mind-blowing fright.” Pete, Murray and the wildlife, headed for the new Marlborough Zoological Park near Renwick, were not stopped again – the cop must have sent word ahead. This story is just one of the collection of yarns in the second book by Marlborough veterinarians Peter Anderson and Peter Jerram, Old Dogs, New Tricks, which follows Cock and Bull Stories.

When asked to write the book, Peter Jerram “immediately said yes, and Pete (Anderson) immediately said no”. But Pete A was swayed and for the second time the men sat down to record stories from their 40 years of vet practice. “I didn’t have trouble finding any more stories,” says Pete J. “The theme of both books is really the terrific relationships we had with our clients. We still see lots of them – they’re still our friends. I think we’re also blessed in that we were in a golden era of vet science, which was expanding rapidly to catch up with human medicine.” The Petes were at the forefront of animal reproductive work, including embryo transfers on goats, sheep and deer, and freezing dog semen. But it was the people who left the most lasting impression, and one of Pete’s favourite tales is that of Wacker Anderson, a World War 2 character and conman who lived in the shadow of Mt Patriarch and harboured delinquents fresh out of jail. Pete was called to vaccinate Wacker’s 15 cats – a curious job. In Wacker’s doorway, Pete dodged a huge ox liver,

‘quite fresh, and dripping blood onto the concrete floor. And then I noticed there was something odd about the cats. Each one had a small, neatly shaved patch on the back of its neck. “Hygiene, mate,” said Wacker,’ Pete writes. Occasionally, the writing process proved emotional. Pete J recalls the owners of a bichon frise who would bring basketfuls of handmade chocolates for the delighted vet staff. “The dog never really liked us, of course, because we did things like shove thermometers up his bottom,” says Pete. When he retired, the couple presented him with a litre of New Zealand Wilsons whisky. “I got a lump in my throat at the time and also when I wrote about it. It’s the memories of good people; we were friends with most of our clients. They say you can’t mix business with pleasure – we did exactly that.”

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MUSIC

Broods (photo: Renata Raksha)

Nurturing our talent BY PETE RAINEY

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ehind almost every successful musician there’s an inspirational music teacher. Take Broods. Back when Georgia and Caleb Nott wowed Smokefreerockquest as a couple of cute kids in The Peasants of Eden, Kyle Proffit, Garin College HOD Music, was the man who believed his Nelson students could do it. Even he could not have envisaged their stunning international success, now making it in the States and elsewhere with their second album, Conscious. Georgia is quick to credit Smokefreerockquest with their introduction to the music industry, but the event’s sister-ship, Smokefree Pacifica Beats, plays a similar role. Teachers report that it is helping

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students to develop a sense of self-belief, leading to achievements that cross the boundaries from music into wider academic success. The fact that Nelson kids can dream big and become successful on the world stage is something that I find extremely encouraging. The New Zealand music industry contributes around $450 million to our economy each year. While not as big as some of the other contributors, it is still significant. Before you dismiss our contribution on the world music stage as being unimportant, and without wanting to add to the myth that Abba was a bigger GDP contributor to Sweden than Nokia, it should be noted that predicting the

popularity and potential of musicians is an inexact science. However there is, in my opinion, a high possibility that Broods will become global stars. Arguably they already are. It’s important for aspiration to be an integral part of our education system, as well as our city planning. I’ve always maintained that kids can only aspire to be something when they are taught by example in the right setting. The fact that young rugby players and cricketers in this region have the opportunity to see top-class players performing to the best of their abilities in world-class facilities right here has made a real difference to the aspirational pathway for hundreds of young Nelsonians. That there is a dedicated local sports advocacy network, including the Sport Tasman Trust, is tremendously important. The arts advocates in this region need to swing in behind our refreshed facilities as they come on stream: the Theatre Royal, Nelson School of Music, Suter Art Gallery and the Trafalgar Centre. We need to make sure there are programmes and support in place to enable our emerging artists to flourish to the best of their abilities. It’s nice to be able to add Broods to other Nelson international brands like King Salmon, Pics Peanut Butter and Chia that are putting us on the map. These brands, and the people behind them, are all about the future of Nelson and I want to encourage more like them, especially those who have potential to succeed in the creative industries.


FILM

Drama, thriller Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra Starring Blake Lively 86 minutes Rated M BY EDDIE ALLNUTT

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his flick isn’t going to give me the spooks about getting into the water this coming summer – it’s way too late for that. I first got the spooks 40 years ago while reading a Peter Benchley novel, which then compelled me to watch Spielberg’s definitive thriller. Now it’s always that moment when I get waist-deep in the waves. The simple pattern of two tuba notes starts chewing away at me, just as a shark would: duunnn dunnn . . . Okay, nothing beats the original Jaws (1975) but The Shallows does have some merit. It’s certainly better than the original’s sequels and a lot of its ilk that have since washed up. One of the neatest things about this movie is that it’s set for the most part in water barely over one’s head, with dry sand less than 200m away. On second thoughts, maybe some fresh unease will occur this summer. Here’s the backstory: Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) has just dropped out of med school because her mum died recently of something that modern medicine couldn’t cure. She travels to Mexico for solace with a girlfriend and to surf “Mum’s beach” – a secret cove where her Ma used to hang out. ‘Gringa’ Nancy gets dropped off at this destination by a friendly local, but her girlfriend doesn’t make it because of a dose of flu. Nancy’s basically all on her lonesome in this striking paradise setting. The surfing cinematography by Flavio Martinez Labiano is superb, and Nancy Adams is no paddlepuss as she parties the waves until she comes across a floating dead whale. Here’s where the suspense starts, as we wonder what this carcass’ oily slick of natural chum might attract? Hang on to your corn and cola, since you’re likely to defy gravity by a few centimetres thanks to Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra. Nancy’s medical background proves handy when it comes to a little self-A&E preservation, and you may find the odd scene bordering on horror. The cast is skimpy and so is Lively’s bikini as she pulls off the solo heroine part strongly with a plucky performance. A half-chomped seagull occupies a tidal rock with her, but I couldn’t see the logic behind this ‘extra’, and likened it to putting a fridge in an igloo. The antagonist is one helluva mean fish that must have cannibalised its siblings and grown up an only shark. It actually looks real – and is in no mood to share its Moby Dick toy. That makes it personal with the med dropout and our villain develops a penchant for her slim limbs. Just slight of an hour-and-a-half, it’s quite a short film, but that’s all it needs to be as it keeps you edgy and attentive right through, despite occasional moments when disbelief is hard to suspend. Eddie Allnutt has left the theatre to phone Michael Bortnick – who is on holiday in the Caribbean – to make sure he’s still in one piece. 79


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UP & COMING

RENEE HOLLIS BY DI O’DONNELL P H O T O G R A P H Y A N A G A L L O WAY

Renee Hollis, a successful author of non-fiction, has her own company, D’Arcy Publishing, in Nelson. Her desire to write in the company of like-minded people has led her to embark on the one-year Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries at NMIT. Renee shares some thoughts on her work, the course, her inspirations and where she hopes to head in the world of writing. What drew you to the creative writing course at NMIT? I have self-published nine photographic books, but wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and dabble in different genres of writing. The idea of being around like-minded people was also appealing. Has the course so far been what you expected? Yes, and more. I have learnt so much this year, which has given me more confidence to take risks as a writer. It can be isolating and even daunting writing alone. Having a tutor like Cliff Fell, who is so positive, and such an incredibly supportive group of students cheering you on – it’s amazing what you can achieve. What about the work you’ve already published?  Self-publishing nine photographic books and seven very popular e-books for the classroom has been an interesting journey. I’ve learnt many skills along the way. I’ve produced a very successful book on whakatauki (Māori proverbs) and three on the Cook Islands culture. I loved putting together my two Golden Bay books (People of Golden Bay and Artists of Golden Bay), and I’ve organised two national and one international photographic competitions, resulting in the best images and quotes being published in coffee-table books. 82

Do you have a desire to branch out into other genres of writing? Yes, I like a challenge. I would be interested in writing picture books and a junior fiction series for reluctant readers. What other life experiences have impacted on your writing?  I have had a lot of interesting life experiences, including teaching on a remote coral atoll in the Cook Islands and in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Along with these experiences, my background in teaching and my vivid imagination generate lots of ideas. What aspects of New Zealand culture affect your writing? 

The knowledge I have and pride in my heritage allow me to gain strength from my ancestors, who are from the Nelson region, and were strong in character, strength and vision. Because I have travelled and lived overseas I appreciate the uniqueness of our culture even more. I also have a good understanding of Māori tikanga and te reo Māori. What do you see yourself doing at the end of this course? I hope to have gained the confidence and skill to write a novel set in New Zealand. I also intend to write books for children while continuing to produce teaching resources.


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